Before Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram became popular, my only source of J-updates was Livejournal. I don’t use it as often anymore, but I still kept the friends I met there. The thought of meeting online friends from another country excites me. I met one when we went to Hong Kong and I wished for it to happen again, and it did.
Saki has been planning to visit the PH to meet us, but that didn’t happen until she graduated university. I wasn’t able to meet her when I went to SG either, so this is a great chance for us to spend some quality time.
Day 1: Arrival + Late Night Coffee
I wasn’t able to file a leave (because a workmate took most of our team’s vacation leaves for the month OTL) so I didn’t join Ana, Ingrid, and Sachi in picking up Saki at the airport. I met her after they ate late lunch at Gerry’s Grill instead. We also waited for Cindy who came from school.
We had a long, fun chat at our Airbnb until some of us felt hungry and needed a caffeine fix. The malls were already closed, but the good thing is that a coffee shop is just a few steps away.
We continued our chat at Coffee Project. As I don’t drink coffee anymore, I ordered their hot matcha drink and carrot cake. The place has nice interiors! It’s calming.
Day 2: Intramuros, the National Museum, and Merkanto
We arrived at Intramuros just in time for lunch and ate at Patio de Conchita. The place has all sorts of Filipino food on the menu and has good interiors. Although I think it’s a bit early for Christmas decorations lol.
It was fun to see Saki taste all the food we ordered, like adobong manok (chicken boiled in soy sauce), dinuguan (pork blood), sinigang (tamarind-based soup with meat and vegetables), karekare (peanut-based dish), and tokwa’t baboy (tofu and pork).
We roamed around after eating, particularly at Fort Santiago. At first, we had to improvise because nobody was there to take our picture.
Next stop is The National Museum of the Philippines! We’re lucky to have Cindy around tbh. My history knowledge is a bit rusty and I can’t explain what all the paintings are about. ww
We ended the day with a Spicy Salmon Maki dinner from Shibusa (by non-other than the pretty Arnie of Raid My Closet!) at Merkanto International Food Street. We also met up with Kang, Ingrid, and Aprille. (I’m using an old photo below because no time for pictures when you’re hungry lol.)
It was tiring, but it was a fun day. I can’t believe I’m such a tourist in my own city lol. I don’t get to visit that part of Manila after all.